I secretly (or not so secretly) dream of living in Europe for a few years.  There are so many things that I find alluring and wonderful about many European countries and cities that would make it fascinating to live there, even if only for a year. The culture, the people, the history, the food!  But there is one very odd thing in particular that I love so much about Europe that many people probably wouldn’t even guess or think of…. the pharmacies!  I absolutely adore pharmacies in Europe, particularly France.

As a self-proclaimed beauty junkie I could spend an hour in CVS any day of the week.  But there is something about the products sold in pharmacies overseas that just seem so much more… chic.  Yes, I know I sound totally crazy right now, but I just can’t help it.  I love foreign beauty products.

Here’s some of my loot from my most recent overseas trip:

Thankfully, most of these items can be found here if you search hard enough. Some, like the La Roche-Posay and L’Occitane lotions, can be found super easily.  But I’m not convinced they are 100% the same as the products overseas.  My instincts and knowledge of the FDA tell me they are similar, but different.

My most recent work trip to NYC resulted in some more packs of Berocca and Vichy deodorant from Duane Reade.  Score!  I LOVE the Vichy deodorant and before Duane Reade I wasn’t able to find it anywhere, even online, for under $18.00 (not including s/h). Will definitely be going back to Duane Reade next time (every time) I am in the city.

The only item above that I can’t physically track down in the states is the Labello chapstick, however for price worthy of your first born child, you can order it from Thankfully I have several tubes left from my honeymoon.  But, you can bet I am sending my husband with a “pharmacy list” next time he goes to Spain on a business trip.